A Look at Davis Sanchez

Sanchez needs to make an impact quickly (Allsport)

Sanchez will get thrust into action this week with Tay Cody moving to the Injured Reserve list. Sanchez has been inactive for the past 2 weeks and saw limited action in the first 2 weeks netting no tackles. Sanchez played in 12 games last season and started 2. He ended the season with 14 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 5 tackles on special teams.

At 5'10, 190 pounds he has the size to play in the NFL. Funny thing is he never played football in high school and he played just a little more than one season of college football. Sanchez walked on to the football team at Butte Junior College in 1996, earned a starting job, and finished the year as a first-team JC All-America and the California Junior College Defensive Player of the Year. He transferred to Oregon where he only played in 8 games and sat out his senior season after breaking his leg.

In 1999 he went off to the Canadian Football League and played in 17 games. The next year Sanchez Earned All-Canadian Football League honors for Montreal Alouettes leading the CFL with nine interceptions, 163 interception return yards and two interception returns for touchdowns.

The road through the CFL has led him to a role on the Chargers that just got more prominent with Tay Cody going down with an injury. Last year he also benefited from a Cody injury and earned his first NFL start against Philadelphia. Sanchez moves into the 4th cornerback slot behind Ryan McNeil, Alex Molden and Quentin Jammer. He will see a lot of action this week against Denver in nickel and dime coverage schemes.

Davis Sanchez has seen his time to shine in his 2nd year in the NFL come, and he will have to improve upon a preseason where he looked lost on occasion. There is always someone knocking on your door to take your job, as Davis has done each time Cody has gone down with injury.

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